Stuart Falconer is the Chairman of OLLIE. Stuart’s son Morgan took his own life when he was just 15 years old.
Stuart says, ‘Morgan was the sweetest boy you could meet. He didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body. I was so excited to see what the future held for him. When Morgan died everything changed and life seemed pointless. Disbelief surrounds everything you do and small tasks become incredibly difficult. There’s not a lot of joy in my life now, it’s difficult to take pleasure from the same things I used to.
This whole tragedy has left an enormous gap in my life that I will never be able to fill. It’s left me with the desire to do something, anything to prevent other parents from having to go through what Chris, Jane and I have.
I’m fortunate that I’m able to do something with OLLIE.
Brian and Jane's son took his own life at the age of 19 years old.
Chris was an amazing friend to so many, he was always out to help others whether they had dropped keys down a drain as he had an obscure tool that would get them out. Perhaps someone needed a lift back from somewhere or if they just needed somebody they could talk to, Chris was that person. Chris was only fifteen whilst cycling to work, he spotted a man who had crashed his car on a dual carriageway, others were driving past narrowly missing him but without thinking, Chris was to the rescue! Chris helped to move his car off the dual carriage way and avoided other accidents. He then got back on his bike and carried on to work, like this was normal. It was only later that evening he told us, totally unassumingly. Since Chris has gone the world has not only changed for me, but also my family and friends.
It will never be the same again.
If I can help to stop this happening to any other family, I will.
Chris’ son TJ took his own life when he was just 16 years of age.
TJ was a young man who always put others before himself. TJ had an informed willingness to help others and listen to their troubles, the kind of friend that all of us would benefit from having in our lives. He had his whole life in front of him but all that’s left are thoughts of what should have been. What would he have become? The world would definitely have been a better place with him in it. When the initial all-encompassing numbness starts to pass, you then realise that the void that’s left is permanent.
The void can never be filled and I’m not sure it will ever diminish but if I am able to do anything to stop others going through this then I will.
“If I Can Stop This Happening To Any Other Family, I Will.”
Jane Johnstone, Founder